Dorothy Elizabeth Funke

Ms. Dorothy Elizabeth Funke age 81 passed away Monday afternoon, December 18, 2017 at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. Ms. Dorothy was a member of the Church of Christ and worked in housekeeping at St. Cecelia. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Shirley Edwards of Liberty; 1 niece, Dana (Butch) Davis of Dowelltown; 1 nephew, Glenn Edwards of Smithville and other extended Family members also survive. Graveside service will be conducted 1PM Friday, December 22, 2017 at Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville with Bro. Van Richmond officiating. There will be no visitation or services held at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Lonnie Lynn Wheeler

Lonnie Lynn Wheeler age 41 of Smithville, passed away Monday morning, December 18, 2017 at his residence. He was born February 13, 1976 to his parents, Sue Reeder Wheeler and the late Eudean Wheeler. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by 1 brother, Donnie Wheeler; grandparents, Allen Reeder and Lura Jean Reeder and Edwin “Cruz” and Connie Wheeler. He was a member of the Smithville First Freewill Baptist Church and a mechanic. Survivors include his son, Harley Lynn Wheeler of Smithville; mother, Sue Wheeler of Smithville; sister, Amy (Dave) Lowrance of Austin, Texas; 6 nieces and nephews, 3 great-nieces and nephews; several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be 2 PM Thursday, December 21, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bernard Houk officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 5:30 PM until 8 PM, Wednesday 9:AM until 8 PM and Thursday 9 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM.

Mack Monroe Harney, Jr.

86 year old Mack Monroe Harney, Jr. of Smithville passed away Monday at his residence. He was a Veteran of the Air Force, a nurseryman, member of the Jacobs Pillar Methodist Church, and he was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Rotary Club, and Tennessee Nurseryman Association. He was also a former member of the DeKalb County Commission. The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Royce Martin will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Harney was preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Kate Parsley Harney. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean Harney of Smithville. A son and daughter-in-law, Mack and Sandy Harney and a daughter and son-in-law Mary and Billy Hooper all of Smithville. Four grandchildren, John Harney of Smithville, Michael Hooper of Murfreesboro, Jessica Harney of Chattanooga, and Kate Hooper Rodrigues and her husband Adam Rodrigues of North Carolina. Mr. Harney is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Ned and Marilyn Harney of Oklahoma. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, make donations to the charity of your choice.

Pody Elected State Senator in Close Race, Carfi Carries DeKalb County in Tuesday Election

State Representative Mark Pody will soon be moving to the upper chamber to fill the unexpired term of former State Senator Mae Beavers after beating Democrat Mary Alice Carfi in the Special Election Tuesday.
Pody will be resigning his State House seat in District 46 this week. His unexpired term is expected to be filled by the Wilson County Commission. District 46 includes a portion of DeKalb and Wilson Counties and all of Cannon County.
In the six counties that make up Senatorial District 17, Pody won in a close race 5, 990 (51.32%) to 5,682 (48.68%).
Pody carried Cannon County 467 to 353, Macon 428 to 238, and Wilson 3,641 to 3,561. Carfi carried DeKalb County 579 to 548, Smith County 733 to 716, and Clay 218 to 190.
A total of 1,128 DeKalb County voters cast ballots in the election including 661 on election day and 467 early votes/absentees.
Carfi carried seven precincts including Alexandria, Courthouse, Dowelltown, Keltonburg, Smithville Church of Christ, Smithville Church of God, Snow Hill, and she had a majority of the early votes/absentees.
Pody carried seven precincts including Belk, Blue Springs, County Complex, Johnsons Chapel, Liberty, Rock Castle, and Temperance Hall.
Pody and Carfi each had 1 vote at the Edgar Evins State Park precinct.
Absentee/Early Voting:
Blue Springs:
County Complex:
Edgar Evins State Park:
Johnsons Chapel:
Rock Castle:
Smithville Church of Christ:
Smithville Church of God:
Snow Hill:
Temperance Hall:

UCHRA Announces Commodities Recertification

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency would like to remind those who receive assistance through the Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program, known as Commodities; it is time for recertification of their commodities card. With 2018 deliveries right around the corner, it is very important for recipients to recertify their commodity card with their local county offices prior to the first pick-up date.
Recertification date starts January 8th. First Distribution is February 8th.
If you think you or someone you know qualifies for this program, please contact the UCHRA office in your county for more information.
The UCHRA County telephone: DeKalb County 615-597-4504
The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, religion, or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services or activities.
“This project is funding under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.”

Smithville Rite Aid Now a Walgreens Pharmacy

The Smithville Rite Aid store is now a Walgreens Pharmacy.
The pharmacy is apparently among nearly 2,000 Rite Aid stores across the country which have been purchased by Walgreens, the second-largest pharmacy chain in the U.S.
Walgreens and Rite Aid recently announced that federal regulators had approved Walgreens’ purchase of 1,932 Rite Aid stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia, about 250 fewer stores than they had first planned.
According to a report on, Walgreens currently has roughly 8,175 locations in the U.S., second only to CVS (9,709) in terms of pharmacy chains. For two years, Walgreens had waged a campaign to boost its footprint by scooping up Rite Aid locations. Over the summer Walgreens scrapped its original plan to purchase 2,186 Rite Aids—but it came to an agreement more recently to buy 1,932 of the stores, at a cost of $4.375 billion in cash and other considerations, according to the Walgreens fourth-quarter earnings report.
The purchase would theoretically give Walgreens over 10,000 store locations, vaulting it into the top spot over CVS as America’s biggest pharmacy chain. But Walgreens isn’t just adding stores; it plans on subtracting hundreds too, the report on stated.
After receiving regulatory clearance for the Rite Aid purchase, Walgreens “has been able to carry out a complete review of its expected combined U.S. store portfolio to determine the scope of a program to optimize locations,” a company release stated.
Some stores will be closed. The company anticipates that it will shutter roughly 600 retail locations in that “optimizing” process, starting next spring, USA Today reported. Walgreens hasn’t said which locations will be closed, but it’s expected that most of them will be among the ranks of the Rite Aid stores it’s buying, and that the vast majority of closures will be within one mile of another Walgreens-owned store.
All the store closures should be complete within 18 months, Walgreens says. The company plans on spending $500 million over the next three years to convert Rite Aid stores it isn’t closing into Walgreens.
Meanwhile, Rite Aid will still be in the pharmacy business. After the sale to Walgreens is complete, Rite Aid will still have roughly 2,600 stores in the U.S., according to CNN.
According to a report on coupons in the “Several states that were to retain just a small handful of Rite Aid stores, will now have none. Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Tennessee and West Virginia now join Indiana, South Carolina, Utah and Washington DC as locations where there will be no Rite Aids whatsoever after the deal goes through. All existing Rite Aid stores there will be sold to Walgreens in the revised deal.
Meanwhile, several Northeastern states will hold onto more Rite Aids than originally planned. The bulk of the roughly 250 Rite Aid stores that are no longer part of the deal with Walgreens, are located in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. In addition, Idaho, which was to sell off several Rite Aid stores, will now keep them all.

Randy Mitchell Hobbs

59 year old Randy Mitchell Hobbs of Liberty passed away Monday at Woodbury. He was self employed. The funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Donnie Kelly will officiate and burial will be in the Mt. Ararat Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Solon Hobbs; parents, Thurman and Elmer Hobbs; a son, Shannon Hobbs, and a sister, Rhonda Rogers. Survivors include two sons, Christopher Hobbs of Dowelltown and Mitchel Hobbs of Liberty. Four daughters, Stephanie of Smithville, Tiffany Hobbs of Liberty, Melissa and Jennifer Fine of Dowelltown. Two brothers, Mickey Hobbs of Smithville and Doc Hobbs of Liberty. One sister, Kathy Beckworth of Murfreesboro. Two lifelong special friends, Bobby Taylor and Pea Ridge (Tim) Davis both of Liberty and ex wife, Vickie Hobbs of Dowelltown. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations made be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial arrangements.

Darwin Doyle Gard

Darwin Doyle Gard, 85 of Smithville, Tennessee passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at his residence.
Born Saturday, August 27, 1932 in Ottumwa, Iowa, he was the son of Cleo Samuel and Doris Pearl Bonney Gard. Mr. Gard is a retired veteran of the Air Force, serving from 1950-1971, he served in the Korean and Vietnam War. Shortly after retiring, he went to work for Sligo Boat Dock, where he retired in July 2015. Darwin was a professional fisherman for Hydra Sport and Winner Boats. He was a well known and respected fishing guide on Center Hill Lake lovingly known as “The King of Center Hill.”
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Wanda Teachman Gard; children, Denise (Rick) Holcomb, Karla (Bo) Warrick, Bill (Susan) Gard, and Michele (Pete) Roller; grandchildren, Ashle (Michael) Wiley, Brooke (David) Nickens, Samantha (Michael) Rohling, Sarah Holcomb, Nathan (Brittney) Gard, Ben (Traci) Gard, Johnna Roller, Rachel Holcomb, Kaitlyn Roller, Bryce Gard, ten great grandchildren, and many neices and nephews. Also surviving are sister, Sherri Gard and sister-in-law, Barbara Gard.
A memorial service will be held at 2pm on December 30th, 2017 at Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church in Smithville, Tennessee. Family will receive friends from 12pm until the time of service at the church. Brother Joel Wood, Bill Robertson, and Dwayne Cornelius will officiate.

Cantrell, Johnson, and Summers Obtain Petitions from Election Commission

Three more incumbent members of the county commission have picked up qualifying petitions from the DeKalb County Election Commission for the May 1, 2018 DeKalb County Democratic Primary.
The latest to get their petitions are Joe Johnson, 2nd District County Commissioner; Larry Summers, 7th District County Commissioner; and Wayne Cantrell, 4th District County Commissioner.
Those who have obtained petitions to date are as follows:
*Wayne Cantrell-County Commissioner, 4th District, Incumbent
*Joe Johnson-County Commissioner, 2nd District, Incumbent
*Larry Summers-County Commissioner, 7th District, Incumbent
*Mike Foster-County Mayor
*Tim Stribling-County Mayor, Incumbent
*Bradley Hendrix-County Mayor
*Kevin Robinson-County Commissioner 7th District, Incumbent
*Nora Harvey-County Commissioner 2nd District
*Jack Barton-County Commissioner 3rd District, Incumbent
*Scott Little-County Commissioner 4th District
*Jeff Barnes-County Commissioner 6th District, Incumbent
*Betty Atnip-County Commissioner 6th District, Incumbent
*James L. (Jimmy) Poss-County Clerk, Incumbent
*Jimmy Sprague-Road Supervisor
*Jeff McMillen-Register of Deeds, Incumbent
*Nicole Wright-Circuit Court Clerk
*Mark Milam-Circuit Court Clerk
*Julie Young-County Commissioner 1st District, Incumbent
*Bobby R. Taylor-County Commissioner 4th District
Poss’ petition has been returned and (enough signatures) verified
In addition to County Clerk James L. “Jimmy” Poss, Road Supervisor candidate Jimmy Sprague, and Circuit Court Clerk candidates Nicole Wright and Mark Milam, others who have made public announcements on WJLE of their intentions to run for election or re-election in 2018 as Republicans are:
*Trustee Sean Driver, Incumbent
*Sheriff Patrick Ray, Incumbent
*Danny Hale for Road Supervisor
*Reed Edge for Road Supervisor
*Susan Martin for Circuit Court Clerk
The following county offices are up for election in 2018: Road Supervisor, County Mayor, Circuit Court Clerk, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, and Trustee and for the county commission in each of the seven districts (two per district for a total of 14).
DeKalb County Democrats will be nominating candidates for county offices in a primary set for May 1, 2018.
Democratic nominees will face any Republican and or Independent challengers in the August, 2018 general election. The DeKalb County Republican Party will be choosing its nominees by caucus. The qualifying deadline for all candidates will be the same, NOON February 15, 2018.

Underhill Back in Trouble Again

A man who got into trouble last week for kicking his ex-wife has been arrested again.
48 year old Jimmy Dwight Underhill, Jr. of Rolling Acres Road, Smithville is charged with violation of an order of protection. Underhill’s bond is $3,000 and his court date is January 4.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, December 14 a deputy went to a residence on Rolling Acres Road to do a welfare check on a woman. While at the home, the officer found Underhill there in violation of active bond conditions which prohibit him from having any contact with this woman. Those bond conditions became effective December 11, 2017.
Underhill was arrested for domestic assault last week after allegedly kicking his ex-wife during an argument. He is under a $2,000 bond in that case and his court date is January 4.
33 year old Andrew Allen Dillon of Dry Creek Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $3,000 and his court date is January 11.
Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, December 15 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on McMinnville Highway to do a welfare check on a man but after checking further learned that he was at a home on Cedar Drive. Upon arrival the officer learned from the man that his mother’s boyfriend, Dillon had struck him in the abdomen with his knee. There were several visual marks of the assault.